My notes from John Stevens’ final teaching session on Titus at the FIEC Leaders’ Conference 2015.
Our Challenge: Modelling a Great Example
Paul told Titus to grow the church by making disciples. This meant teaching the gospel because teaching the gospel leads to transformed lives of godliness and devotion to good works that commends the gospel to the world.
But before we make disciples we need to be made disciples.
Titus has a double focus for us. We are like Titus but also those who will be addressed by Titus (e.g. elders or older women).
Titus contains 5 challenges for us about being made disciples.
1. Are you rejoicing in the gospel?
The Gospel. All that God has done in Christ for us. Does this make your heart sing?
We find a summary of the gospel in Titus 3:5: He saved us.
He. It is all entirely of God. God has done it all.
Saved. It is a rescue mission from the judgment to come when God’s wrath is poured out.
Us. Salvation is personal. This is amazing because of who we are.
Only if we are personally gripped by the gospel will we teach the gospel.
2. Are you being taught by the gospel?
It is easy to teach others the gospel without being taught by the gospel ourselves so that we are transformed. We need to be taught by grace to say “no” to ungodliness.
You have to be saying no. No is a radical renunciation and denial. It is an active word of deep hostility against sin and its desires.
Is grace making you merciful? We need to be taught by grace to do good because God has done good to us.
3. Are you trusting the gospel for your ministry?
Are you sure the gospel is enough for the task you have been given? That teaching the gospel is enough.
Are you teaching the gospel is its full depth?
Are you holding firm to the gospel? Stand firm for the truth or you will wander. Let’s not be those who under pressure abandon the gospel.
4. Are you hoping for the future because of the gospel?
Our hope must shape how we live in the present.
We are waiting for a glorious and eternal future. Our hope is the personal appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are we living for that eternal hope or are we wanting it all now?
5. Are you confident in the great God of the gospel?
We face a massive challenge in our personal life, in our church ministry, and in terms of the need of a lost nation and world.
It is easy to feel daunted. We need to remember that we have a great God.
Our confidence is not in ourselves. Our confidence is only in Him. We are weak but our God is great.
The task we have is to teach the gospel to make disciples. But we can only make disciples if we are made disciples.